2017 RBC Cup

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2017 RBC Cup
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
May 13, 2017 3:30 pm EDT
Cobourg Community Centre
Cobourg, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
0
1
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
9
9
30
19
9
11
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 8
12
1 / 6
16

Game Story

PRKUSIC SCORES TWICE IN BUSY FIRST PERIOD, BANDITS BEAT COBRAS IN RBC OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

COBOURG, Ont. – Nick Prkusic had a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, to lead the Brooks Bandits to a 6-3 win over the Cobras de Terrebonne in the opening game Saturday at the 2017 RBC Cup.

The Bandits improved to 7-2 in the preliminary round in three all-time trips to Canada’s National Junior A Championship, and stayed unbeaten in three games against East Region competition.

Prkusic, one of seven returnees from the team that lost to West Kelowna in the national semifinals a year ago, scored the third and fourth of Brooks’ five goals in the first period, after the Bandits had given back an early two-goal advantage.

An quick power play led to an quick goal; Terrebonne goaltender Jérémy Bélisle tried to redirect a routine point shot into the corner, but instead pushed it right into the chest of Arnaud Vachon, who buried the loose puck for a 1-0 lead only 35 seconds in.

Parker Foo doubled the lead just over three minutes later, going five-hole on Bélisle on a penalty shot, but the LHJQ champions, the first Quebec team to reach the RBC Cup since 2006, battled right back.

First it was William Gignac, taking a short pass from Vincent Gignac after a turnover in the Brooks zone and beating Mitch Benson to make it 2-1 at 7:15, before Loök Léveillé hammered in a one-timer on a five-on-three to bring the Cobras even at 9:36.

But Prkusic, the Bandits’ captain, restored his team’s lead on the second half of that Terrebonne power play, keeping on a two-on-one and ripping a wrist shot past the glove of Bélisle for a shorthanded marker and a 3-2 lead.

Less than a minute later he slipped a centering feed from Ty Mappin through Bélisle to give Brooks a two-goal advantage again, and Cale Makar circled off the half-boards and snapped in the 5-2 goal in the final minute of a wild first period.

The Cobras and Bandits were first and eighth, respectively, in goals per game among the 132 CJHL teams during the regular season, and combined for 205 goals in 38 playoff games, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to see the offensive fireworks in the opening 20 minutes.

But the defences took over in the second; after the teams racked up 31 shots on goal in the first period (19-12 in favour of the Bandits), they managed just nine apiece in a scoreless second.

Conner Jean snuck a shot through Bélisle just 44 seconds into the third to push the Brooks lead to four, and Eric Leger spun and beat Benson from the corner midway through the final stanza to get that back for the Cobras, providing the final goals.

Brooks finished with a 39-30 advantage in shots on goal.

Both teams are right back to action Sunday; Brooks is up first, taking on the Penticton Vees in an all-West Region showdown (3:30 p.m. ET), followed by the Cobras meeting the Trenton Golden Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Éric Leger
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
00:27
GOAL
Goal: Arnaud Vachon (power play)

Assists: Kord Pankewicz, Dennis Cesana
00:35
GOAL
Goal: Parker Foo (penalty shot)

03:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Parker Foo
Tripping (2:00)
06:24
GOAL
Goal: William Gignac (power play)

Assists: Vincent Lavoie
07:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Parker Foo
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
07:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Nick Prkusic
Cross-Checking (2:00)
08:38
GOAL
Goal: Loïk Léveillé (power play)

Assists: William Gignac, Benjamin Bohémier
09:36
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Nick Prkusic

Assists: Dennis Cesana
11:24
GOAL
Goal: Nick Prkusic

Assists: Ty Mappin, Oliver Chau
12:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Mickaël Lafrance-Clairsaint
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:10
GOAL
Goal: Cale Makar

Assists: Parker Foo, Josh McKechney
19:21
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: David D'Agostino
High-Sticking (2:00)
03:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Laliberté
Holding (2:00)
11:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Conner Jean
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
14:28
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Conner Jean

Assists: Josh McKechney, Kord Pankewicz
00:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Conner Jean
Boarding (2:00)
04:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Mickaël Lafrance-Clairsaint
Kneeing (2:00)
06:38
GOAL
Goal: Éric Leger

Assists: Loïk Léveillé, Chad Pietroniro
09:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Vincent Lavoie
Cross-Checking (2:00)
10:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Laliberté
Cross-Checking (2:00)
12:50

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jérémy Bélisle EST 60 39 33 6 0.846
Mitch Benson WST 1 60 30 27 3 0.900

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

0 - 4 L @ Brooks BanditsWST 1
May 20, 2017
2 - 3 L @ Cobourg CougarsHST
May 21, 2017
3 - 1 W vs. Penticton VeesWST 2
May 18, 2017
4 - 0 W vs. Cobras de TerrebonneEST
May 20, 2017
1 - 6 L @ Cobourg CougarsHST
May 16, 2017
2 - 5 L vs. Cobourg CougarsHST
May 18, 2017
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